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Event Series Event Series: Simon Fraser Memorial Series 2024

The Simon Fraser Memorial Lecture

24 January * 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Join us for the first event in our series celebrating a Hundred Years of Community Ownership. The lecture, which will feature music and song and a conversation between four special guests, is dedicated to the memory of Simon Fraser, a solicitor and pioneer of land reform in Scotland. Simon was instrumental in the success of some of the early community buyouts including Eigg, Knoydart and Gigha as well as the Assynt Crofters buyout.

Simon said of the Eigg buyout ”It is a triumph for all that is good in humanity and certainly one in the eye for everything that is mean-spirited and self-seeking.”

The guests will reflect on Simon’s life and contribution to land reform, the history and cultural significance of the last 100 years of reform and what the next 100 years may look like.

The gathering will feature a drinks reception lasting 30 minutes, followed by a conversation (and songs!) scheduled for 90 minutes.


  • Agnes Rennie – Vice Chair of Community Land Scotland and Chair of Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn
  • Ann Fraser – Simon Fraser’s wife
  • Maggie Fyffe – Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust
  • Karine Polwart – award winning songwriter, folk singer and storyteller

How much does it cost?

This event is free to attend but spaces are limited so please book as soon as possible.


Register using the “Attending” RSVP below.

If you are unable to be there in person, we will be live streaming the event to the Community Land Scotland YouTube. If you want to be reminded of the event before we go live, register below using the “Livestream Pre-Registration”.



24 January
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Dynamic Earth
Holyrood Road
Edinburgh, EH8 8AS United Kingdom
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